HeadsUp provides support, advice and practical experience for people with common mental health problems such as anxiety, feeling low and depression, after a period of unemployment. Participants do not have to have a diagnosed condition. The employability project funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund aims to help people across Essex find and maintain work.
Individuals receive one to one support via a team of Peer Support Workers and access to a series of practical interactive workshops. In addition to this there is a network of Essex- based businesses and organisations working alongside the programme offering guidance and sharing expertise.
People who may benefit from the programme can be referred by an organisation but could also refer themselves. The practical and emotional support participants receive will last for as long as needed, even once they’ve found a job. Movement through the programme is at a pace that suits participants and they will be supported all the way through by a Peer Support Worker.
Where the service is based
The HeadsUp programme is delivered by our partners across Essex.
Hours of operation
The programme team is available Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.30pm.
How to contact service
For areas around Colchester, Clacton, Harwich, Braintree, Maldon and Chelmsford
Coordinator for EPUT
For areas covered by Signpost
For areas around Harlow, Thurrock, Rayleigh, Southend, Canvey Island, Epping, Loughton, Great Dunmow, Saffron Waldon
Coordinator for Employ-Ability
How to access the service
Call the relevant person for your area
Exclusions from programme
To be eligible for the HeadsUp programme potential participants must meet the following criteria;
- Have a common mental health problem such as anxiety, feeling low or depression
- Live in Essex
- Have the right to work in the UK
What Response Times to expect
We will respond quickly and chat to you about the project and make an appointment to meet up if appropriate.
HeadsUp Management responsible for service